Arsenal's Chuba Akpom reveals why settling into the first-team has been easy

Chuba Akpom

Chuba Akpom's senior teammates have made him feel more than welcome in Arsene Wenger's squad this season.

Arsenal striker Chuba Akpom has revealed to the club’s official website that settling into the first-team has been made that much easier due to his selfless teammates.

Akpom, 19, made his competitive debut for Arsenal last season, before taking in brief loan spells in League One with both Brentford and Coventry City, respectively, over the second half of the campaign.

The England Under-20 international has stepped up his development this term, making three Premier League cameos in recent weeks after earning a regular spot on the senior bench, and made a telling contribution to Arsenal’s 5-0 win over Aston Villa after coming on for the final 20 minutes to win Santi Cazorla’s spot-kick.

While he is still to open his account for Arsene Wenger’s side, the promising front man is confident that he will have few problems getting in the goals once his minutes increase, thanks to having world class teammates to set up him up with chances.

“It’s amazing,” he said. “It’s a striker’s dream to play with Santi Cazorla, Tomas Rosicky and those world-class players in the squad. They care about you on the pitch - they want you to get goals, they’re looking for you.

“They’re not selfish players. They’re good lads as well, genuinely nice people and you can only improve training and playing with those types of players.

“They were [trying to set me up against Aston Villa]. I appreciate that and I’ve just got to make the right forward runs to score and create opportunities for the team. I’m just getting used to it really and I’m just hoping for more minutes and learning every game.”

Akpom was set to be out of contract in the summer, but penned a new deal with the club last week along with Francis Coquelin to keep him at the Emirates Stadium until 2019.

Premier League rivals Everton, Liverpool, Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur were all said to be lurking, per the Daily Mirror, but he will now look to continue his push towards a more regular role under Wenger over the coming seasons.

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